Pasta Salad with Green Tomatoes and Herbs; art

It’s not easy being green.

When your garden gives you lots of ripe, green tomatoes…..

Once upon a time I worked with a woman who wouldn’t eat green food. She confided this quirk to me in the middle of winter so my thoughts went to broccoli and Brussels sprouts and lime Jello and I thought: weird but not outrageous.

Then summer came along and I realized that her food avoidance list also included lettuce salads and herbs.

I cannot imagine what she would do if presented with a perfectly ripe, bright green tomato.

I made my favorite summer pasta salad.

It’s also delicious with red tomatoes…. And, maybe, a little more normal in appearance.

The tomatoes need to be marinated with the herbs, garlic and olive oil for the best flavor so this is best if that is started 4 – 6 hours before the pasta.

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Pasta Salad with Green Tomatoes and Herbs

I made this with green tomatoes – because I had them and it was fun. Red tomatoes would give it more color and be more traditional.

Please note that the sauce should marinate for at least 2 hours

  • Author: Katie Zeller
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta


  • 3 medium – large garden-ripened tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup green olives, pimento stuffed, cut into thirds
  • 3 tbs good olive oil, plus 1 tbs if pasta cooked ahead
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbs fresh chopped oregano
  • 2 tbs fresh chopped chives
  • 2 tbs fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 1/4 cup (3.5oz, 120gr) pasta


  • Peel tomatoes and roughly chop.Put into a large bowl.
  • Add olives, garlic, and herbs.
  • Pour olive oil over all, stir to combine.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for at least 2 hours, 6 or 8 is better.
  • When ready to serve:
  • Cook pasta according to package directions, drain and add to sauce.


If you cook the pasta ahead, drain and toss with 1 tbs olive oil. Combine with the sauce when ready to serve

Pasta Salad with Green Tomatoes

I wandered into an art gallery the other day.

It was in the village where the medieval fare was.

I didn’t actually know that it was an art gallery. I thought it was a gift shop.I was looking at the jewelry, as I always do, when the owner suggested I might enjoy her gallery, which was upstairs.

Of course I immediately went up and had a look.

I can honestly say that, while I appreciated her efforts, and found some of the pieces interesting, I think her message (and there definitely was one) eluded me.

For example, one piece was a stark white, full-size woman in papier-mâché, crawling out of a real clothes dryer.

I did sneak a few photos…

This first one is life size:

I believe it’s cardboard and paper.

This one is tiny:

The figures are about 3 inches.

I have to admit I was fascinated… and a bit bemused.

I’m fascinated and intrigued by the time, effort, and technique that goes in to creating the pieces and bemused as to the why.

I guess that defines art, doesn’t it~

2 thoughts on “Pasta Salad with Green Tomatoes and Herbs; art”

  1. Definitely not my idea of art, but I am not the artist either.

    My tomatoes are green. And hard a rocks yet. I’ll wait until they turn red. And I have a confession. I don’t drink anything green. I’ll eat green stuff all day long, salads, brussel sprouts, green beans…you get the idea. But I will not drink anything green. I tried some type of green smoothie thing many years ago and almost choked on it, it was so bad. So I no longer drink things like that…

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